Born 19 January 1979.

UK grime/hip hop artist Richard Cowie, aka Wiley Kat

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Wiley - Radio 1's Big Weekend highlights

Highlights of Wiley's set at Radio 1's Big Weekend 2013

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Richard Kylea Cowie (born 19 January 1979), better known by his stage name Wiley, is an English rapper, songwriter, and record producer with Caribbean roots from Trinidad and Antigua, originating from Bow, East London. He first rose to fame as a grime MC and continuously produces grime music while releasing mainstream singles, such as the UK Singles Chart top 10 hits "Wearing My Rolex", "Never Be Your Woman" and his UK number-one "Heatwave". He is considered a pioneer in the UK underground music scene, and a versatile music artist with many crossover hits.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of The Ascent

    The Ascent 2013

    Reviewed by Adam Kennedy
    An incoherent album from the grime godfather, but one full of loveable eccentricities.
  2. Review of Evolve or Be Extinct

    Evolve or Be Extinct 2012

    Reviewed by Noel Gardner
    A haphazard, sometimes ridiculous, but often impressively inventive new set.
  3. Review of 100% Publishing

    100% Publishing 2011

    Reviewed by Lloyd Bradley
    He’s kept grime moving forwards with some truly audacious sounds.
  4. Review of See Clear Now

    See Clear Now 2008

    Reviewed by Sophie Bruce
    Wiley should go down as a legend no matter what your taste.
  5. Review of Playtime Is Over

    Playtime Is Over 2007

    Reviewed by Adam Webb
    'Playtime Is Over' is no classic, but those retirement plans could be on hold for a...
  6. Review of Treddin' On Thin Ice

    Treddin' On Thin Ice 2004

    Reviewed by Matt Harvey
    ...the music gets stuck in your head and keeps going round and round.
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